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Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor on Legislative Data Release

April 29, 2011 - by David Moore

Important blog post just published by our colleague John Wonderlich, a diligent advocate for #opengovdata in the Beltway, on the site of our partners the Sunlight Foundation: House Speaker Boehner & Majority Leader Cantor have sent a letter instructing the bureaucracy to work on “publicly releasing the House’s legislative data in machine-readable formats”.

David & Donny of PPF were among the original co-signers of the community-generated OpenGovData principles in Nov. 2007. 

As John writes, "This has been a priority for the Sunlight Foundation since we were founded, from the 2007 Open House Project chapter on data access from Josh Tauberer, to the 2008 legislative appropriations language that was crafted to this end, and to OpenCongress.org’s persistent advocacy on this topic."

More analysis to come, and of course we’ll need to see more details & watchdog any potential implementation before too many plaudits are awarded, but this is a solidly encouraging step, and one that is far, far, hilariously overdue. Link to RT, for now. Good work John & the Open House Project team.

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